Mobile Rhino Shares Techniques for Funding iPads in the Classroom

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Mobile device insurance program provides educators with methods to raise funds, secure devices to enrich classroom experience.

With a commitment to enhancing the learning experience through technology, Mobile Rhino (http://www.mobile-rhino.com), the first mobile device insurance program available for schools through licensed insurance agents, has compiled a list of methods educators and administrators can employ to fund iPads in their classrooms.

“In our work with the education market, it’s clear from most educators that the iPad is an unparalleled teaching tool for the classroom,” said Dwight Stuckey, creator of Mobile Rhino. “But the biggest deterring factors that is keeping iPads and other tablets out of the classroom is a lack of educational funding. We wanted to come up with solutions to help get more iPads in students hands. Whether it’s a 1:1 ratio of iPads to students or one iPad in every classroom, these tablets can make an impact on a student’s learning experience.”

The following sections detail Mobile Rhino’s suggested methods for bringing iPads to education:

Technology Grants
The Department of Education currently awards two relevant technology grants that educators may apply for to bring iPads to their classrooms. These competitive grants include the State Grant for Assistive Technology and the grant for Technology and Media Services. With specific requirements and high competition, these grants may be attainable by schools with a faculty dedicated to grantwriting. (For more information, visit http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/technology/grants/).

Local Donations and Fundraising
With new Apple products being released regularly, members of a school’s community that constantly upgrade may be willing to donate their older iPads and tablets to their local schools. Mobile Rhino suggests holding a “Device Drive” to reuse retired devices that would otherwise go unused. Schools can also dedicate their yearly fundraising efforts to providing iPads for the school in conjunction to receiving donations.

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
With children and families often having access to their own mobile devices at home, parents may be willing to allow their students to bring their own devices to the classroom. Parent-Teacher Organizations may also be able to help develop a solution to add technology to the classroom by funding a BYOD program or subsidizing families that wish to buy their own device.

Reduce Loss
Many school districts may have the funds to initially purchase iPads but are afraid of the loss they may suffer when students damage and lose their devices. Mobile Rhino suggests incorporating an iPad insurance program for schools. With Mobile Rhino coverage, one administrator can verify insurance coverage for all devices, ensuring that all school-owned devices are protected from loss, theft, accidental damage, mechanical malfunction, and electrical malfunction.

Schools not wishing to provide coverage themselves can require that parents purchase an insurance policy like Mobile Rhino themselves to save them from paying hundreds of dollars in the event that the device is lost, damaged, or stolen. With the education discount, schools and parents can save 30% on Mobile Rhino’s 6-Point Protection Plan, paying a $99 annual premium and $99 deductible per incident for coverage.

About Mobile Rhino
Mobile Rhino, headquartered in Lake St. Louis, Missouri, is a mobile device insurance product offering the most complete protection on the market at the best value. Mobile Rhino provides full 6-Point Protection against loss, theft, mechanical malfunctions, electrical malfunctions and accidental damage, and offers digital life protection. Mobile Rhino is sold and managed through a downloadable mobile app and is the first mobile device insurance product available for sale through licensed insurance agents. Mobile Rhino is underwritten by Chartis/AIG and Sedgwick serves as its third-party claims administrator. Mobile Rhino operates out of Stuckey & Company, a specialty insurance provider based in Lake St. Louis. For more information, visit http://www.mobile-rhino.com.

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